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Sister beater wins citizenship

An Afghan man has won a battle for Australian citizenship, despite admitting to beating his sisters with a tree branch.

When the man arrived in Australia in late 2008, he took over care of his two younger twin sisters.

While living in Mildura in Victoria, he found the then 14-year-old girls having a conversation of a sexual nature with an older man on Facebook.

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He hit them with a tree branch and said their behaviour was against their culture.

Teachers at the girl’s school noticed bruises and the man was charged over the incident.

The charges were later dismissed after he completed a behaviour change program.

However authorities refused his application for Australian citizenship because they said he was not of good character.

The man appealed the decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and described it as a one-off incident.

He told the tribunal he now had a good relationship with his sisters.

The AAT found the man was genuinely remorseful and should be granted citizenship.

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